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From "Daffin, Miles \(IT\)" <Miles.Daf...@morganstanley.com>
Subject RE: Delete the contents of a directory but not the directory itself
Date Mon, 15 Jan 2007 14:16:04 GMT
Folks,

Does anyone think that this is a legitimate problem with the way delete
functions (it is not consistent) or am I just missing 'the point'?  

Cordially,

Miles

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Daffin, Miles (IT) 
> Sent: Friday 12 January 2007 22:46
> To: Ant Users List
> Subject: RE: Delete the contents of a directory but not the 
> directory itself
> 
> And to me. I assumed that when using delete with no dir 
> attribute and a nested fileset would not include the base 
> dir. After all, if one uses a fileset in the context of a 
> copy this is what happens. Take this build as proof:
> 
> <project name="test" basedir="." default="all">
>   <property name="tmp.dir" value="tmp"/>
>   <property name="from.dir" value="${tmp.dir}/fromdir"/>
>   <property name="to.dir" value="${tmp.dir}/todir"/>
>   <macrodef name="setup">
>     <sequential>
>       <delete dir="${tmp.dir}"/>
>       <mkdir dir="${from.dir}/dir1"/>
>       <mkdir dir="${from.dir}/dir2"/>
>       <touch file="${from.dir}/file1.txt"/>
>       <touch file="${from.dir}/file2.txt"/>
>     </sequential>
>   </macrodef>
>   <target name="test-fileset-copy">
>     <setup/>
>     <copy todir="${to.dir}" includeemptydirs="true">
>       <fileset dir="${from.dir}"/>
>     </copy>
>     <available file="${to.dir}/fromdir" property="test.failed"/>
>     <fail if="test.failed" message="fromdir copied to todir"/>
>   </target>
>   <target name="test-fileset-delete">
>     <setup/>
>     <delete includeemptydirs="true">
>       <fileset dir="${from.dir}"/>
>     </delete>
>     <available file="${from.dir}" property="test.success"/>
>     <fail unless="test.success" message="fromdir deleted!"/>
>   </target>
>   <target name="all" depends="test-fileset-copy, 
> test-fileset-delete"/> </project>
> 
> I think that the way delete behaves here is wrong.
> 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Dominique Devienne [mailto:ddevienne@gmail.com]
> > Sent: Friday 12 January 2007 20:47
> > To: Ant Users List
> > Subject: Re: Delete the contents of a directory but not the 
> directory 
> > itself
> > 
> > > Explicitly saying includes="**/*" literally means only 
> any file or 
> > > directory below the basedir of the fileset.  Note that we
> > welcome any
> > > suggestions regarding where in the manual you might have
> > hoped to find
> > > this file scanning information.
> > 
> > This thread picked my interest, because I didn't know the answer ;-)
> > 
> > I personally assumed no includes was equivalent to "**/*", which I 
> > would have guessed to include the base dir, when it doesn't.
> > 
> > I would have tried "*/**", which I would interpret as: all files 
> > directly in the base dir, and any sub-directories of those. 
> This also 
> > parallels the fact that * in unix shells does not match ., 
> the "base 
> > dir".
> > 
> > All that to say that having to use "**/*" instead of "*/**" 
> > feels counter-intuitive to me ;-) --DD
> > 
> > 
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